Before we knew about the iPad, HP gave us a teaser of their new tablet-style portable device at CES 2010. After the iPad announcement, the HP “Slate” (not its official name) has become the most noteworthy competitor spoken about. The Slate runs Windows 7 on an Atom processor, and will support Flash and multi-tasking (2 of the biggest gripes against the iPad).
“You’re getting a full web browsing experience in the palm of your hand,” said Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology office, HP adding “No watered-down internet, no sacrifices” in an obvious jab at Apple.
Although there are no spec details yet, HP has released a video which introduces the slate. From the video it looks like the tablet will have a full capacitative touchscreen. With icons to quickly access apps and digitized viewing of newspapers and magazines, the Slate is very similar to the iPad. The video shows the Slate running a video, a web-based Flash game, a photo-editing software and a digitized New York Times.
With a $550 June release, will the Slate be the iPad alternative for Windows specific users, or will it outstrip the Apple device altogether? Any views?
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